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Back to Me’-‘aa-wvth-ts’it

Thursday, 06 July 2017 by

Please join us for a fun Back to Me’-‘aa-wvth-ts’it event on Saturday, July 29, 2017 1:00pm to 4:00pm


Sudden Oak Death Action Plan

Sunday, 02 July 2017 by

Hailing the end of an intensive three-month process, the Sudden Oak Death Task Force publishes their strategic action plan to contain Phytophthora ramorum, an invasive pathogen threatening the economies and environment of Southwest Oregon

Salem, Oregon – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Oregon State Representative David Brock Smith (HD-1), co-conveners of the Sudden Oak Death Task Force, today announced the release of the group’s strategic action plan to address the spread of Phytophthora ramorum – commonly called Sudden Oak Death (or SOD) – in Southwest Oregon.

“The risk to our communities, economy and environment is too high to delay any longer in taking more aggressive action. The longer we wait, the more difficult and expensive this problem will be,” Merkley said. “That’s why over 100 experts – representing over 40 agencies, organizations, associations and companies – have come together to develop this plan to contain NA1 and eradicate EU1. I have pledged to do everything I can from the Senate’s Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee to help secure resources to support the task force’s action plan.”

“The residents of Curry County, their communities and the industries that support them, can no longer rely on current treatment methods as an economically viable option. We must have enhanced research, better detection and more effective treatment methods,” Brock Smith said. “The people of Southwest Oregon are at risk of losing their homes to fire and their livelihoods. We cannot afford to lose as a region or state, our wood product, nursery and agriculture industries, or the export in- dustries of the Port of Coos Bay. We must act now, and we must act swiftly. Billions of dollars in regional economic development are on the line.”

Sudden Oak Death, caused by the non-native pathogen Phytopthora ramorum (P. ramorum), has killed hundreds of thousands of tanoaks in Curry County since it was first detected in an Oregon forest in 2001. Despite a containment program to slow the spread, the quarantine area administered by the U.S. Department of Agri- culture has grown from nine square miles to 515 square miles over the last 15 years and the disease continues to spread. Without more aggressive measures, the pathogen will continue to spread north into Coos County and west into Josephine County.

The majority of the SOD infestations found in Oregon’s forests have been of the NA1 strain of P. ramorum, which predominately affects tanoaks, although repeated exposure can suppress new growth in conifer trees. Increasing the urgency is the recent detection of the EU1 strain of P. ramorum in Curry County, which has been known to kill conifer species in Europe. This strain has never before been detected in the United States.

Merkley and Brock Smith co-convened a broad alliance of stakeholders, staffed by the Association of Oregon Counties’ County Solutions program, to develop a collab- oration-based action plan, including the pursuit of adequate resources, to contain the NA1 pathogen and eradicate the EU1 pathogen using the best available sci- ence.

This strategic action plan is made up of the recommendations of six subcommittees of the Task Force. Each subcommittee focused on specific issue areas that need to be addressed, including (but not limited to):

  •  Scientific research: Prioritizing and funding new research to improve treatment, detection and monitoring of SOD, including determining pathogen host range and examining integrated pest management strategies, EU1 epidemiology and ecological and social impacts of living with SOD.
  •   SOD Treatment: Increasing state, federal and other funds in order to sufficiently contain NA1 and eradicate EU1 in Oregon.
  •   All lands coordination: Developing an interagency Memorandum of Understanding to implement collaborative SOD related projects across all ownerships andhiring an outreach coordinator to work with landowners.
  •  Adaptation within the quarantine area: Developing and implementing fire risk and prevention, transportation and recreation and restoration and conserva- tion strategies, as well as best management practices in areas affected or likely to be affected by SOD.
  •  Communications and civic engagement: Hiring a marketing firm to develop a communications and civic engagement plan to begin implementing by January 2018.
  •  Economic impact: Hiring a consultant to conduct an economic impact study to evaluate the current and future economic impacts of SOD.
  •  Workforce development: Implementing workforce strategies to increase capacity for detection, treatment and monitoring of SOD.
  • Funding: Forming an ongoing working group to identify and secure funding to implement landscape scale, place-based projects.

Anticipating potential cuts from the Oregon Department of Forestry’s budget for the coming biennium, Brock Smith introduced House Bill 3151 to ensure the agency received the same level of funding for SOD detection, treatment and monitoring. As a result of the Task Force’s efforts, the request was amended upward to $1.7 million for the 2017-2019 biennium. Additional federal appropriations requests are also underway and other sources of revenue are being investigated to implement this plan

Tribe Adopts Mission Statement

Thursday, 29 June 2017 by

On May 9, 2017, the Whitener Group facilitated a dialog with Council and key staff on the development of the Tribe’s five-year governmental strategic plan and the need to understand the fundamental purpose as to why we operate as a government. It was shared that the current mission statement is representative of a vision statement, and part of the strategic planning session would be to work towards developing a mission statement to align with the direction we are going as a Tribe. A mission statement describes the purpose of the organization, along with who, what and how. The current mission statement of Honoring our Past; Serving our Tribal Family; Protecting our Culture and Independence; and Controlling our Future, is more of a vison statement that is a source of inspiration that shares our desires.

During the strategic planning session, the group was posed with three questions: Who do you exist for? How you do what you do?
and What is your fundamental purpose? Stakeholders were directed to write down their thoughts and post their answer to each question. The group was later broken down into three sub-groups where they synthesized the data to identify the answer to their assigned question.

The “Who” question was relatively easy to identify and the top definition was Tolowa Dee-ni’ with more narrow groups defined under that umbrella including nuu-da’-ye’ (our family); nuu-srxii-xee (our children); nuu-k’wii-daa-naa~-ye’ (our future generations); nvn-nvst-‘aa~-ta (mother earth); xwii-t’i (everyone). The “What” question was a challenge but was honed in to represent what we are in this moment and the Dee-ni’ wee-ya’ word to define the present what is ch’a’-xvsh-naa-ghit-li~ (to be whole again) or to return to a better human as a community with the underlying principles of waa-tr’vslh-‘a~ (the way it is kept) as a foundational cornerstone to our existence; xatlh-sri (the beginning) sovereignty the way it is from the inner core and what we represent; and Ghes-naa-t’i (wellbeing) to ensure the wellbeing of all things under our jurisdiction and beyond. The “How” question was answered with foundational principles and common business sense. The Dee-ni’ word that over-archingly defined “How” is waa-tr’vslh-‘a~ (the way it is kept) combined with creating a sound governance structure that includes securing and preserving resources and moving forward on core principles that define the Tolowa Dee-ni’.

Following the synthesis of the defined principles of who we are, what we do, and how we do it, the following mission statement was adopted by way of Council motion on June 1, 2017:

To exert and protect the inherent sovereignty endowed upon the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation to promote our tribal identity, and the wellbeing of our people, community, and environment by building a strong foundation, managing resources, and perpetuating our cultural lifeways and legacy.

Submitted by, Briannon Fraley, Chief Governance Officer

Sacramento, Calif.—Libraries have long served as a place to explore new subjects and learn about the world. A new collaboration between the California State Library and Oculus VR, a division of Facebook Inc., will bring virtual reality technology to patrons in nearly half of the library jurisdictions throughout California.
“Oculus is proud of our work with the California State Library and Califa to make virtual reality technology available through local libraries,” said Cindy Ball, program manager for Oculus Education. “Californians will gain access to a wide range of enhanced services, from curriculum that takes students into outer space to providing hands-on training in skills like engine repair and beyond.”
“Virtual Reality is a generational leap in the services that our libraries provide” said California State Librarian Greg Lucas. “Just as computers have become a critical part of our libraries, this generous gift from Facebook and Oculus will bring new technology to libraries from Redding to San Diego.”
 Each of the participating library systems will be awarded one or two Rifts and Oculus Ready PCs from Facebook and Oculus free of charge. Alongside the virtual reality equipment, libraries will be provided online training and the opportunity to also receive free or reduced cost virtual reality programs and equipment. Libraries will receive their equipment and training this month and will be able to begin offering virtual reality programs in late June or early July.
This project is managed by Califa, a nonprofit, and is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.
“I think this VR project demonstrates what libraries do so well with new technologies,” said Paula MacKinnon, Interim Director of Califa, the non-profit managing the project. “We start curating the exceptional, the compelling, and the intriguing educational content that is newly being published and provide our communities with the means to enjoy it—for free.”
Partial funding also comes from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.
John MacLeod, Executive Director of New Media Learning, which developed the pilot project of this new system at the Marin County Free Libraries, noted that the arrival of this new technology in California libraries will not only benefit Californians, but also the companies pioneering the new technology.
“There will be a community space where people can come together, experience virtual reality, and help shape how that medium will be developed over the coming years” said MacLeod.
Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation’s Tribal Family Resource Library has been selected as a participant of the Virtual Reality Experience Project. “We are excited to participate in this technological services leap and can’t wait to start offering programs,” said Jessica Haas, Tribal Library Manager.
Check here to see if your library jurisdiction is a part of the Virtual Reality Experience Project: Participating Libraries
Califa is a not-for-profit membership cooperative serving libraries and information organizations in
California. Established in 2004 with LSTA funding from the California State Library, Califa collaborates with members and provides leadership for cooperative negotiations to help ensure that members receive quality
information resources.
About the State Library: Founded in 1850, the California State Library has an extensive collection of documents from and about the state’s rich history, ranging from books, maps, miners’ diaries, newspapers and periodicals to photographs, paintings and posters. The State Library also holds federal and state publications and is home to both the Bernard E. Witkin State Law Library and the Braille and Talking Book Library.
About Community & Family Services: Community and Family Services mission: “We encourage a healthy community by providing services that address the unique cultural and economic needs of our Tribal Family with accountability, integrity, and respect.” For more information, contact the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation
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